What are your "secret weapon" conversation topics? These are the topics that never fail to engage a group of people, are fun, interesting, long-lasting, and non-offensive? Examples inside.
In the "Superpowers"
episode of This American Life, John Hodgman talks about a question he loves to ask in new groups: "Invisibility or Flight?"
I've begun asking this question in groups and lo, it really works. Everyone loves to answer, it's all in good fun with no confrontation, it tells something about each person, and it always leads to new interesting questions of the same type.
I would love to collect an arsenal of these topics to bring out when necessary. I prefer a minimal amount of controversy, so in general, no politics or religion.
Would You Rather ____?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
What is the very first thing you would buy if you won $1 million?
Why are jokes funny? Why do we laugh?
There. You have a too-wah-pic. Discuss.